Cinnamon rolls, anyone?

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Saturday morning. No usual weekend ritual, Mike’s away. I’ve been looking at a page in my recipe book, about cinnamon rolls. I’ve been dying to have some of them, it’s been a long time actually. They sound great with morning coffee. Maybe today is the day to try… with minimum baking equipments and one unbended will. Ha! Besides it would be a nice surprise when he comes back home. Okay, let’s do it!

Original recipe uses ‘palm suiker’ or palm sugar – some sort of brown sugar, but I think it’s more like a granulated gula jawa. It’s sweeter and makes fantastic flavors when mixed with butter. Heaven!
For a few hours that afternoon, I managed to turn the kitchen into one big mess, flours, measuring cups and dirty bowls everywhere. Baking is not an easy thing to me. It’s true that I grew up watching my mom baking so many yummy stuff in the kitchen, but that doesn’t make me an expert like she is.

I can’t help myself being naughty and deviate from original recipe most of the time. Using dried cranberries instead of raisins, I soak them in dark rum. This should be interesting! The dough, seems to have a mind of its own. The recipe said wait 30 mnts till it rises. My dough decided to rise about an hour or so later. Finished rolling and set them in a baking tray… they already raised double the size. *giggles*  Once in the oven, they decide to stick together making one huge bread bumps.  

Now they’re sitting on a cooling rack, I get pretty excited on how the taste would be like. Put one in my mouth, texture is soft with palm sugar that melts in the mouth mixing beautifully with the buttery flavours and the rum-soaked-cranberries. WOW! I almost couldn’t believe I made this….

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*original recipe from Primarasa

* 700 gram all-purpose flour
* 50 gram sugar
* 50 gram unsalted butter
* 11 gram instant yeast
* 2 egg yolks
* 400 ml warmed milk
* 1 tsp salt
* 200 gr dry cranberries – soak in hot water,
  once soft, replace water by 2 tbs dark rum and let it soak longer

* 150 gram palm sugar or brown sugar
* 3 tbs cinnamon powder

* 1 cup of icing sugar
* 1 tsp lemon juice – can add a few drops later if necessary
* cone shaped plastic

1.) Mix in flour, sugar, butter & instant yeast. Add egg yolks.
2.) Stir in warmed milk gradually while continue mixing.  Add salt
3.) Mix in thoroughly until the dough smoothen.
     Hand mix on a kitchen counter – or a powerful mixer
4.) Set aside & cover with plastic wrap for about 30 mtns
     or more until the dough rises double the size
5.) Punch down the dough. Take one half and roll them to 15 x 30 cm
6.) Sprinkles with fillings and soaked cranberries/raisins,
     roll them into a bundle. Pinch edge together to seal.
7.) Cut into 12-15 slices. Place them together closely,
     let it rise double the size
8.) Bake them in the oven at 180 C for 30 mnts
9.) Once cooled, spread glazings across the rolls


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